Pr.18:1-2. Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
I’ve known people who would not take a drink of alcohol because they would not put a thief in their mouth to steal their thoughts and they don’t go to bars or hang out with those who do. Professional athletes stay away from certain types of eating and activities that could compromise their ability to play that sport. Some jobs require you to dress a certain way or keep a professional appearance and attitude. These all seem to be reasonable and acceptable requirements.
The wisdom of the Bible cries out to us and at a certain level we hear and obtain understanding, but verse 1 has a phrase that infers a different level of commitment on our part, “All wisdom”. This verse leads us to believe that there is a level of wisdom that we can’t meddle with unless we’re willing to abide by some rules. Set ourselves apart from things that would work contrary to our goal. We can separate ourselves from things that keep us from our goal of becoming biblically wise and that’s good; but this infers that we can go even further by separating ourselves from not only things that would keep us from our goal but from things that don’t help us attain our goal. As a world class athlete not only stops eating Lucky Charms because they’re working against him but stops eating Special K because it’s not working for him. We can apply that same principle here with: what we say, what we watch, who we spend time with, what we read and what occupies our time; or we can do what we enjoy and what makes us feel good and just let our heart discover itself. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi. Too often we are content with a level of Christianity lower than the Lord intended, simply because we are unwilling to offer a higher level of commitment.